Which phase of the EHR adoption process are you currently in?
Adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has increased tremendously in the United States following the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program.
EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records. They make health information available instantly and securely to authorized users “whenever and wherever it is needed”. EHRs help you streamline your workplace and improve the quality of care you provide. They also make it easier to update information and exchange data with other care providers.
EHR adoption carries great potential but can present challenges to the clinical organization undergoing the transitioning, whether from another electronic or paper based system. Most clinicians agree that implementing EHRs is an ongoing journey. There is no single destination or end, as there’s always the opportunity to optimize workflows or improve the use of data. This section provides resources to guide you along the EHR journey, from planning to selection of a vendor, to contracting with a vendor, to implementing and adopting an EHR, and then arriving at the first “destination” of using an EHR.
After some time at this first destination, it’s time to think about how your workflows can improve and optimize your EHR. This is the ongoing part of the journey that can start again each time you adopt additional health IT solutions, such as a patient portal, connect to an HIE, or use your EHR to participate in value-based care or new payment models. Within this Playbook you will find information on a variety of health IT topics that can serve as a starting point for further study. The tools and resources included within this Playbook leverage lessons learned from years of implementation experience across a wide variety of clinical settings. Use the Playbook to navigate and select the tools that are most relevant to your EHR adoption journey.